It is evident that every person dreams. Imaginations vary fromjoyful ones, to thoughts that bring anger and to ideas that bringfear. Psychologists world over have agreed that imaginations are notjust thoughts in deep sleep, but are meaningful and often arememories of the events that occurred in the past hours, days, weeksor even years (Bogzaran & Carvalho, 2013). Imaginations aid inconnecting the memories for the past day. Psychologists such as Freudargued that dreams provide the thoughts that people have in theirunconscious minds. Therefore, if these thoughts could be studied,people can be in a position to tell what the dreamer thinks, butfails to talk about.
Imaginations have also been considered by people as avenues oftelling the truth about themselves and about the world. For thereligious believers, these imaginations are considered as a way ofcommunicating with God. They believe that God can communicate to themthrough the ideas or send them signals of things that might happen inthe future (Bogzaran & Carvalho, 2013). In other words, there aresome people who consider thoughts in sleep as avenues of predictingwhat will happen in future. It is, however, essential to state thatthere is a body of scientific research that suggests thatimaginations are not meaningful and they are component of sleep.
With regards to the occurrence of nightmares, research has indicatedthat memories of life threatening events are responsible fornightmares. More often than not, people who have experienced scaringevents are likely to have nightmares (Bogzaran & Carvalho, 2013).Additionally, people who have received thoughts of scaring stories inthe past are likely to have nightmares. Scaring stories may bestories of people being attacked by crocodiles in a pool, attacks byterrorists in a shopping mall and fatal road accidents.
Bogzaran, F., & Carvalho, A. P. (2013). Extraordinarydreams and how to work with them. Albany: SUNY Press.